Speakers and Community Forums

The Women’s Fund holds speakers forums with local and outside experts that provide members and the community an opportunity to better understand the issues and challenges facing women and families in Shasta County. Our annual grant making program targets local nonprofit programs that address the underlying factors contributing to low incomes and poor life choices for women and their families.

2019 Forum – Hope In The Face of Addiction


Lynn Dorroh – CEO, Hill Country Health and Wellness Center
Greg Greenberg, MD – Emergency Medicine and Addiction Medicine Specialist, No Rx Abuse Coalition
Doug McMullin, MD – Shasta Community Health Center
Lt. Dale Marlar – Custody Division, Shasta County Sheriff’s Office
Tracie Neal – Chief Probation Officer, Shasta County Probation Department
Paul Scipione, MD – Redding Rancheria Recovery Center

“The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” These words from the CEO of Hill Country Health and Wellness, Lynn Dorroh, set the tone for a unique evening at the Cascade Theater on Tuesday night, October 8th. A night filled with new information and plenty of inspiration about dealing with addiction.

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2019 Forum – Women and Money: Financial Literacy


Trisha Funk, Founder and Director of Pennies on Purpose, Director of Women’s Business Center at JEDI.
Linda Lingo, CPA and Financial Coach.
Courtney N. McElvain, MBA, Vice President Stifel Investment Services.

“It’s impossible to handle your money, to build a strategy for your financial future, if you won’t open your bank statement.” Trisha Funk made this edifying statement at a fabulous forum on women and money held by the Women’s Fund at the Redding Library.

Funk, Director of the Women’s Business Center at the Jefferson Economic Development Institute joined forces with Financial coach and CPA, Linda Lingo and Financial Advisor, Courtney McElvain at the end of August, delivering valuable advice, support and encouragement to dozens of women who came to get educated on how to manage their own funds. The panel members were in complete agreement that most women carry fear and shame around money. Maybe they were told they would never understand it or perhaps they made a bad decision in the past. Those influences can stay with us and prevent us from trying again. McElvain calmed the waters and lifted the mood by telling the full house that dealing with money was not only easy, it could be fun, adding that facing the issue of money is one of the most important things we can do in life.

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2018 Forum – Taking the Road Less Traveled – Women in Non-traditional Career Paths

This session focuses on stories of how women have overcome challenges to choosing non-traditional career paths, and the benefits of having diversity in all fields.


Gloria Kimbwala, Founder and CEO of Tech Company, SHULE.
Lori McNeill, The Women’s Fund Cabinet Chair and Founder of The Civic Hacker Network.
Erin Resner, Redding City Council Member and Co-Owner of Dutch Bros.
Shari Re, Cal Trans North Area Construction Manager.

2018 Forum – Women and Resilience After The Carr Fire

When disaster strikes, nature’s ability to recover through resilience and cooperation is remarkable. Women shoulder unique burdens during challenging times, and developing resilience is essential. Both men and women will discover new lessons and insights on how to increase our capacity for resilience in the wake of crises and challenges.

2017 Forum – What You Need To Know About Human Trafficking

Red Flags of Child Sex Trafficking presented by Deena Graves.
Video by Record Searchlight.

See something suspicious? Call Shasta County Child Abuse Hotline (530) 225-5144, Redding Police Department (530) 225-4200, or Shasta County Sheriff Department (530) 245-6540

2016 Forum – How Utah Solved Homelessnes

How Utah Implemented “Housing First” and Reduced Homelessness. This Forum was presented on February 11, 2016 by The Women’s Fund of the Shasta Regional Community Foundation in collaboration with the Record Searchlight and Shasta Community Health Center.

Read more on #Shastahousing Record Searchlight.

2015 Forum – Mental Health

2015 Forum – Entrepreneurship